36th annual winter arts fair this weekend in Redway

This coming weekend, the Mateel Community Center will host the 36th Annual Winter Arts Faire. This beloved two-day family event will feature nearly 60 handmade artisan booths; some delectable food by local chef, Courtney Gossett; diverse musical entertainment; children’s storytelling; and a visit from Santa both days from noon to 3 p.m.

The theme of this year’s Winter Arts Faire is Gnome for the Holidays. There will be gnome games with prizes for the kids, gnome crafts and other gnome pleasures to enjoy.

Musical entertainment will include the popular local band, Ambush headed up by Gregory S. John, a.k.a. Sanou the band’s leader, a native of St. Lucia who has been playing Caribbean/reggae music for over 30 years. Before moving to Southern Humboldt three years ago, Sanou lived in London for 17 years where he performed with several of the pioneering Soca artists from Trinidad and now brings that experience to his collaboration with the other talented musicians of Ambush.

Multi-instrumentalist and storyteller Seabury Gould, who performs on the guitar, bamboo flute, Irish bouzouki, piano, percussion and the Indian vina in a variety of styles including Irish and other Celtic traditional music, will perform an acoustic set on stage. A master storyteller and a member of the National Storytelling Network, Gould will share some stories with children in the Santa room from his enchanting storytelling CD of traditional tales from around the world, Times and Places.

The Winter Arts Faire will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, and costs only $5 per day. Mateel Community Center members get in free, as do those under 12 and over 65. Mateel memberships will be available at the door for those wishing to take advantage of the free admission offer and other discounts while supporting their community center.

The Winter Arts Faire will also be a drop-off location for Toys for Tots, and attendees are encouraged to bring donations for this great Kiwanis Club program. Please bring only new, unwrapped toys.

For more information call 923-3368 or visit www.mateel.org.